At your workplace you are making use of many different materials and equipment: liquids, liquid holders, automated liquid handling systems, pipettes, scales, spectrometers, etc. all coming from different manufacturers and suppliers.

With the OneLab environment as a means to connect your laboratory equipment, Andrew Alliance gives you the possibility to design, execute, store and track your liquid handling activities effectively and efficiently.

Here, five different categories of equipment can be distinguished, which are further described in separate articles that you can be found in the OneLab Help Center:

  • Device+: A Device+ is a connected instrument that is capable to carry out one or more protocol actions from OneLab. The capability to achieve a certain set of actions depends on the “features” and thus functionalities of the Device+. The “+” indicates that the device is directly connected to OneLab via either ethernet or a WIFI connection. A Device+ requires OS+, “the brain” of the device and is controlled via OneLab. Instruments that can be controlled via a PC, but do not have OS+ already incorporated, can be made connected and earn the “+” by introducing a “translation” box (a compact PC with I/O). In general, a Device+ can also be used manually, i.e. independently of OneLab. To make use of the Device+ with OneLab, a license is required to pair the hardware and software. Examples include the Andrew+ liquid handling robot, the Pipette+ stand with Andrew Alliance electronic pipettes.

  • Tools: A tool is a piece of equipment that is capable to carry out one or more actions. Such capability is defined as a “feature”. Since tools are used by a Device+ and are not connected directly to OneLab themselves but are rather visible via OS+, they add one or more features to the Device+. Tools could be connected devices or not( Andrew Alliance electronic pipettes versus mechanical pipettes). Tools may be used manually without the need of a Device+. Examples include Andrew Alliance electronic pipettes, passive cooled Dominos, Liquid Level Detector, labware gripper.

  • Accessories: Accessories are passive pieces of laboratory equipment that can be used directly by a tool or a Device+. It may improve the compatibility of some features with specific labware and/or it can narrow down the features of a tool. It can be considered as an “adaptor”. Although accessories cannot be remotely controlled by Onelab, they might be identified by a barcode. Examples include Dominos, the pipette adapter for Andrew+ etc.

  • Dominos: Magnetic tiles, with custom designed slots that hold your labware in a specific configuration, used by the Andrew(+) liquid handling robot. See the article “What is a Domino?” for more information.

  • Labware: Labware are the liquid holders that are used during the protocol design and execution in OneLab. 

Depending on the mode of execution (manual, semi- or fully automatic), devices, tools, accessories and Dominos are required for proper execution of your experiment. OneLab will tell you exactly what you need for any of the chosen modes. See the article “What types of labware are available in OneLab?” for more information.

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